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Alessandra De Gragorio

Growing up in Sicily, I developed a close affinity with nature and its formidable bounty, learning to love and respect everything it offers us. After living a fast-paced life in both New York and London, I decided to slow down and relish the joy of bringing up my four children and caring for my family. In the process of doing so, I rediscovered my love of all things natural, and redoubled my home grown respect for nature and the environment.

For my beauty needs, I turned once again to my native Sicily for inspiration. Using the essential oils from my childhood home, and from elsewhere in the world where nature is equally generous, I set about creating the products you find on Terre Verdi in order to fight the effects of stress, ageing and yes, motherhood.

Seeing that the oils helped my skin retain its elasticity and firmness even while pregnant with twins, I decided this is a gift I must share with a world that is, all too often, full of chemically-laced concoctions whose claims of helping us are dubious at best. Upon reading a few labels more closely, I saw that most products are loaded with chemicals whose main role is to prolong shelf-life ā€“ not help our skin and our body.

For me, founding represents a powerful way to return to and honour my roots, as well as to share my values with the rest of the world.